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Tsuwano is one of several towns across Japan nicknamed "Small Kyoto". The reason for the comparison is Tsuwano's old town which features several preserved historic buildings and retains an atmosphere reminiscent of past centuries. The highlight is the Tonomachi district where one street block of the former samurai district is particularly nicely preserved with earthen walls, historic buildings and a water canal filled with carps.

The adjacent former merchant district, which lies between Tsuwano Station and the Tonomachi District, is not quite as meticulously groomed and preserved as the Tonomachi district, but it, too, contains quite a few old fashioned buildings and facades, including some sake shops and a few museums of interest.

Hanko Yorokan

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 100 yen
Typical visit duration: 20 minutes

Tsuwano Catholic Church

Hours: 8:00 to 17:30 (until 17:00 from November to March)
Closed: No closing days
Admission: Free
Typical visit duration: 10 minutes

Morijuku Art Museum

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (Mar to Nov), 9:30 to 16:30 (December to Feb)
Closed: Monday to Thursday, New Year holidays
Admission: Free
Typical visit duration: 30 minutes

Anno Art Museum

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:45)
Closed: Thursdays and December 29-31
Admission: 800 yen
Typical visit duration: 30 minutes

Getting there and around

The old town lies just southeast of Tsuwano Station. The Tonomachi district can be reached from the station in a ten minute walk.

How to get to and around Tsuwano